Catholic Life

We believe that it is our mission to provide students with a foundation by which they are truly made free to seek truth and live joyful, productive lives informed by reason and virtue in order to help bear witness to the kingdom of God in our day. We believe that the ultimate purpose of a Catholic school is to bring souls to Christ through His Church. As a school, we achieve this purpose when we develop our students’ intellects and when we provide them with foundational principles that they can later employ to live good, fulfilled, and holy lives. Thus, at its core, the purpose of Saint Agnes School is to form in each of our students a Catholic mind and heart. (The Educational Philosophy of Saint Agnes School, 2016, p. 1).

 

Sacramental Life

Committed to fostering the sacramental life, we offer our students, staff, and faculty frequent opportunities to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the celebration fo the Sacrament of Penance. Other examples of the rich and diverse devotional life our students experience include use of Latin in the liturgy, participation in the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, enrollment in the Scapular, and Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. 

Saint Agnes families and friends are always most welcome to join us for Mass at the Church of Saint Agnes! View our 2019-2020 School Mass Schedule for more information.

During a typical week, there will be a K-6 Mass on Wednesdays at 8:45 AM. Mass for Grades 7-12 will be held on Thursdays at 8:45 AM, except when a K-12 Mass occurs in the same week. All-School Masses for K-12 will also begin at 8:45 AM.

Daily Mass at the Church of Saint Agnes is also offered each weekday morning at 6:30 AM, Friday evenings at 5:15 PM, and (the long-standing Ordinary Form Latin Sung Mass) on Saturday mornings at 8:00 AM. Please contact Mrs. Blair Saiz if you have any questions about our school Masses.

 

Serving a Culture of Life

We offer our students an array of opportunities to serve others and promote respect for the dignity of life. These activities include:

-Annual class retreats in the junior and senior high school
-Participation in civic events that impact issues of faith and the defense of life
-Opportunities to volunteer with Feed My Starving Children and Habitat for Humanity
-Blood drives, clothing drives, and food drives throughout the school year
Upper School Clubs devoted to service, respect for life, and prayer

 

Fostering Vocations

Over the years, we have been blessed to have produced a significant number of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, as well as many fruitful marriages within our alumni. Our students daily witness the joyful lives of many clergy and religious alongside healthy models of Christian family life.

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

In 2018, we welcomed four Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Saint Agnes. These joy-filled sisters live in our convent, worship in our parish, and teach in our school. Serving as extraordinary witnesses to God’s call to live a life for Him alone, we pray they might inspire religious vocations in many of our young ladies.

High School Vocations Pilgrimage

We remain committed to helping our students discover God’s plan for their lives. Our discernment programs include pilgrimages to Italy, the Holy Land, and other inspirational sites at home and abroad. Through firsthand encounters with the lives of the saints and a deeper exploration of Catholic culture and history, we provide a framework for young people to further explore God’s call.

Our Lady of Grace Seminarian Program

Our junior high students have been blessed with weekly visits from Saint John Vianney College seminarians since 1999. Offering lessons, insights, and personal testimonies, these young men provide an invaluable witness to our 7th and 8th grade students. We thank Fr. Michael Becker, Rector of Saint John Vianney, for the abundant blessings and graces our school has received from the seminarians’ apostolic outreach.

 

Parish-Sponsored School

We are the only parish-sponsored Preschool-12th Grade Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis. Originally founded by Austro-Hungarian immigrants in1887, the Church of Saint Agnes today draws families from throughout the Twin Cities area and beyond. Our parish is nationally recognized for the quality and beauty of its sacred music and liturgies. We celebrate many opportunities to participate in the full sacramental and devotional life of the Church on one parish and school campus.